GHOSTS, ghouls, witches and vampires were out in force in Sheffield for Fright Night - Britian’s biggest Halloween festival returned.
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Tens of thousands of visitors flocked to the city to enjoy fun fair rides, live music and street entertainment at the country’s biggest Halloween carnival.
Many revellers donned their scariest costumes for the occasion, and most of the city centre was closed off while carnival-goers enjoyed the attractions.
In Tudor Square, crowds were wowed by a full-size, fire-breathing mechanical horse, and in Barker’s Pool visitors both young and old enjoyed an impressive display from a dancing robot called Titan.
Meanwhile there were dozens of stalls selling Halloween goodies, as well as an exciting performance from a samba band. Young dancers from Sheffield’s Hype Academy also performed a chilling ‘dance of death’ alongside music from the city’s youth orchestra.
Mum-of-two Donna Stocks, aged 40, from Hillsborough, came dressed in a witch costume - and said she was having a great time.
“I didn’t think so many people would come and there’s lots going on,” she said.
“It’s better for kids than going out trick or treating, although I’m really glad it’s not rained!”
Student Matthew Clark, 18, also got into the spirit of the evening with a terrifying zombie costume, painting his face white and caking on plenty of fake blood.
“The fire-breathing horse has been my favourite thing, - I’ve never seen anything like it before,” he said.
Meanwhile the Town Hall was lit up with an illuminated display of bats and monsters, and audiences were amused by a puppet show featuring a giant cycling hippo.
Younger children weren’t left out of the fun, either - they got to take part in their own event on The Moor called Fright Night’s Little Brother.
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